US-Egyptian group says Morsi death sentence political

US-Egyptian advocacy group, Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights says Morsi’s sentence killing democratic reformation in Egypt

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A US based Egyptian advocacy group on Tuesday condemned Egypt’s judicial system for “political decision making” in sentencing Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi was the Egyptian president between June 2012 and July 2013, before he was deposed by a military coup orchestrated by current president and former army general Abdel Fattah el Sisi.

President of Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR), Akram Alzand has said the trial of Morsi and the court’s decision was motivated by political means.

The court did not act on behalf of the rule of law nor was the sentencing just by any means,"The trial was not fair," Alzand said.

"It was a political statement and read by some sort of so-called judge, we know that the judge and court has been established specifically to prosecute Mohamed Morsi," he said

"I love my country and am worried about Egypt. The court's decision is killing any potential for democratic reform in my country," he added.

Cairo’s Criminal Court has sentenced deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death for breaking out of jail in 2011 despite revising a previous death sentence for espionage to 25 years in prison.

The Muslim Brotherhood's grand leader Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to death for breaking out of jail after he too had his previous death sentence for espionage lifted.

Meanwhile, 17 others were sentenced to death in the espionage case, including Khairat al Shater and Mohamed al Beltagy. Thirteen more defendants were additionally sentenced to death in absentia, including prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al Qaradawi.

The court had ultimately accused the Muslim Brotherhood which Mohammed Morsi was a part of "committing acts which led to compromising the independence of the country, its unity and territorial integrity," courtroom said "Investigations revealed the Muslim Brotherhood leaders are in close alliance with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas."

Since Morsi's deposal, Egypt has launched a relentless crackdown on opposition that has targeted Muslim Brotherhood members, as well as activists and secularist groups, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.

EADHR is a grassroots organisation which aims to support Egypt on a path towards democracy. The group monitors human rights in Egypt and creates awareness amongst the American diaspora and public-policy makers, in order to provision democratic reforms by practical means.


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